Try your hand at tall tales in Arbroath

STORYTELLING traditions are being kept alive for a new generation with a storytelling ‘club’ in Arbroath next Friday (December 2).

Tayroots Tall Tales takes place in the cosy foyer of the Abbey Theatre with master storyteller Bob Pegg set to return to the theatre with stories, songs and music - creepy or suspenseful, hilarious or downright daft - following his sell-out appearance during the 2010 Angus & Dundee Roots Festival.

This time Bob will be joined by local storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth and supported by members of BletherTaygither, the Dundee Storytelling Group. If you have ever wanted to learn how a story should be told – or to come and tell one of your own – this is your chance.

The best story from the floor will win two tickets for the Abbey Theatre first production in 2012, ‘The Killing of Sister George’.

If the evening is well supported, Arbroath could have its own ‘guid craic club’ with appearances from some of Scotland’s finest tradition carriers. Project organiser Sheila Faichney of Angus Council said: “Family and local history is all about memories, traditions and stories, and storytelling is a great way to keep our rich heritage alive and fresh for us all. Bob Pegg travels the world telling stories, and getting a tune out of everything from a tiny shell to an ancient bone!

“Bob is looking forward to sharing his stories and working with local storytellers to give a couthy Angus flavour to the evening, and if the audiences are there – it could be a regular event.”

Seating for the evening is at tables, glasses are available and audience members can bring their own refreshments. Tickets are £7 from Abbey Music, 9 Kirk Square, Arbroath, telephone 01241 879904.